Just as the parties dig in for serious deliberations and technical talks, anything that smacks of a self-serving retreat will be judged through the lens of the prime minister’s recent comments.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent remarks about support for electoral reform subsiding because he is in power were not helpful as the Committee on Electoral Reform gets down to finalizing a recommendation, write Sarah Schmidt. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
TORONTO—It’s safe to say the Liberals head into electoral reform negotiations a little chastened and a bit more exposed than they would have wanted.
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'I think the issue with racialized people not returning to work is more about whether or not they’re going to be hired,' says Arjumand Siddiqi, who holds the Canada Research chair in population health equity.
'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.